Gander Mountain

It's unclear when former Gander Mountain stores in Wisconsin will reopen as Gander Outdoors. This store is in Baraboo.

The first Gander Outdoors store has opened in Minnesota but it is unclear when the company will open its stores in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has reported that a former Gander Mountain in Lakeville, Minnesota, opened Dec. 13. However, there has been no word about when other Gander Outdoors stores would open, the vast majority of them in former Gander Mountain locations. Marcus Lemonis, through his company, Camping World Holdings, purchased 160 Gander Mountain stores that closed at the end of August. In March of this year, Gander Mountain, faced by increased pressure from Cabela's and on-line sales by other retailers, filed for bankruptcy.

Lemonis told the State Journal in August that he expected the gun range, in the former Gander Mountain at Highway 51 and Interstate 39-90-94 in the town of Burke north of Madison, to be a part of a new Gander Outdoors store but the company has not yet announced when the 91,000-square-foot store would open.  Camping World Holdings reported in an October filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it planned open 15 to 20 Gander Outdoors stores by March and 40 to 45 more by October 2018.

The town of Burke Gander Mountain store opened in 2008 and is adjacent to a Camping World location.

Gym gets second location

A Sun Prairie gym that specializes in personal workouts is expanding to Madison's Far West Side.

Custom Fitness Specialists, a company owned by Lisa Feran, a personal trainer and located at 5353 Maly Road, is opening a new studio at 6723 Seybold Road, near South Gammon Road and the Beltline.

The gyms offer personal, partner and small group training as well as classes.

Phil Woodman runs a checkout lane

It was shortly after noon last Sunday, the Packers game had already kicked off and grocery shoppers filled the checkout lines at Woodman's Market on Madison's West Side.

But for some shoppers, their check out clerk may have looked familiar.

Phil Woodman

Phil Woodman, who frequently appears in television commercials for his family's grocery company, Woodman's Market, spent part of last Sunday running a checkout lane at the Woodman's on Madison's West Side. 

Dressed in a blue blazer and red shirt, Phil Woodman, son of founder Willard Woodman and who is often seen in the company's quirky commercials, was manning checkout lane 7 and scanning groceries at an enviable pace.

When asked how often he jumps into the role of cashier, Woodman didn't miss a beat as he continued to scan.

"As often as I can," he said.

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Barry Adams covers regional and business news for the Wisconsin State Journal.